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Re: lynx-dev core dump (LYStoreCookies problem?)

From: Stef Caunter
Subject: Re: lynx-dev core dump (LYStoreCookies problem?)
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 00:02:39 -0400 (EDT)

No core on

Lynx Version 2.8.5dev.16 (01 Jun 2003)
libwww-FM 2.14, SSL-MM 1.4.1, OpenSSL 0.9.7-beta3
Built on openbsd3.3 Jul 13 2003 13:01:41

I did get the "cookie" error. Sometimes I have copied cookies into 
.lynx_cookies from another browser if I think there really is an issue with 
cookie files, but often a canned error script's blatherings about cookies or 
"recent site redesigns" are red herrings and are unrelated to anything except 
the site's unwillingness to give real information about errors. I have set up 
this kind of thing for commercial sites. Because certain default error handling 
on webservers can expose information about the server platform and 
configuration, this is a standard practise.

(I actually don't know if this is a cookie problem or not for this specific 
site. The trace file was 226K.) here in Canada had an especially stupid error page claiming 
browser cookie handling was a problem whenever a login failed. sends 
their 404 script for all errors AFAIK too. A remaining peeve of mine is the 
"invalid cookie" accept keystroke for cookies (impossible to cure, 
years of trying, sigh).

If you ask this site for a non-existent page you'll get a nonsense 
page sent about them "working hard to fix your account". I think the automating 
of "saying the right thing" should be classified as spam.


11:26PM  up 5 days,  8:16, 1 user, load averages: 0.06, 0.07, 0.08
OpenBSD 3.3 i386 Intel Pentium Pro ("GenuineIntel" 686-class, 256KB L2 cache)

On Fri, 19 Sep 2003, Henry Nelson wrote:

> I consistently get a core dump by doing:
>    press 'g'
>    enter "";
>    press '[Enter]'
>    [down arrow] to 'User name: [4]'
>    enter "burgerking"
>    [down arrow] to 'Password: [5]'
>    enter "whopper"
>    [down arrow] to '[6]Login'
>    press '^t'
>    press '[Enter]'
> Anyone else?
> If you don't turn on Trace with '^t', Lynx does not core dump, but you
> are presented with a "you need Cookies turned on to login" page (even
> with a valid, i.e., works with MSIE, user name and password).
> __Henry
> P.S.  Word of CAUTION: this "" is a front for those Internet
>       pharmacy and loan spammers (maybe others).  I join under a spam-trap
>       account name so as to test my procmail anti-spam filter.
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